The BNP has tried to hire a martial arts expert to train its members in deadly close combat fighting
The far-right party approached former US Navy Seal Tim Larkin to teach “ultimate violence” – including how to kill with a single punch. Larkin – who uses the slogan “Fight to kill, fight to survive” – spurned the offer after learning of the BNP’s racist politics.
Anti-fascist campaigners Searchlight have blasted the party’s approach. A spokesman said: “The BNP claim to be a legitimate political party but what legitimate political organisation requires the services of a man who can kill with one punch? This shows the BNP’s policies of division and hate are as strong as ever.”
Larkin, who has been touring Britain this month, said: “While multiculturalism and uncontrolled immigration has indeed changed the nature of street crime in the UK to now involve more sharp-edged weapons, my training is for everyone. All Britons need it.”
His spokesman added: “Tim didn’t think private training with the BNP was appropriate considering their politics. He doesn’t want to be seen in that light. BNP members are welcome individually but not as an organisation.”
In another blow for the BNP, the Trade Union Congress in Liverpool yesterday called for a ban on its members working in schools, hospitals and other public services. BNP members are already banned from the police and Prison Service.
Julian Chapman, president of teachers’ union NASUWT said: “The policies of the BNP run completely counter to the values and ethos of public services which are about tolerance, inclusion, social justice and community cohesion.”
Nick Kusak, of the Professional Footballers’ Association, added: “We cannot allow the extremists and the right to seize the initiative and take us back to the Dark Ages.”